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stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

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stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

We are planning to visit big island in early January. We read in a couple of places that it is very rainy on hilo side during that time of the year. And sunny in. Kona side. Where would you recommend us to stay in big island. We are going for a week. We will be doing more outdoor activities and mot just beaches. Please advise.

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1. Re: stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

Most visitors spend a few nights in Volcano while they explore Volcanoes National Park, then take the north route through Waimea to the Kohala Coast, where you'll find the most vog-free sun and beaches. One week is minimum time for this BIG Island. January is pretty popular. Have you reserved your rental car?

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2. Re: stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

You are posting on the general State of Hawaii forum, you'll get more responses on the Island of Hawaii forum. Please read through the Top Questions on lodging in that forum.

Yes, the east side is often very wet in winter but one overnight there is recommended to properly see Volcanoes National Park unless you are traveling with young children. The rest of the time most of us suggest staying on the Kohala Coast on the west side although it depends on a variety of factors. Reading through the TQs will help you. Also posting a nightly accommodation budget and number of people traveling is helpful.

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3. Re: stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

We plan to stay for a week in big island. Yet to make car reservations. Also we plan to visit Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Are there any tours to these mountain or do we take our car and go by ourselves? We plan to visit some waterfalls. Are there any night volcano toyrs? I would love to see a live volcano I n the night.

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4. Re: stay on big island - hilo side or kona side?

We plan to stay for a week in big island. Yet to make car reservations. Also we plan to visit Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Are there any tours to these mountain or do we take our car and go by ourselves? We plan to visit some waterfalls. Are there any night volcano toyrs? I would love to see a live volcano in the night.

Just for my info, are there old lava tubes that we can visit?

We are two people now. Maybe a couple more might join.

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